4 people

Cooking time

45 minutes


kumara bacon soup
kumara bacon

How To Make Kumara Bacon & Red Lentil Soup with Celery Leaf Pistou

With everything that’s been happening recently and the cold weather approaching, a nice & warm kumara soup with hearty bacon is one way to warm up this winter.

Ingredients (Soup)
  • 3 T The Good Oil Rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 150 g smokey bacon, chopped
  • 750 g kumara, peeled & diced
  • 1.5 – 2 L water – you can always add more if needed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 – 4 sprigs thyme
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed & drained
  • 100 g extra smokey bacon, chopped – optional
Ingredients (Celery Leaf and Lemon Pistou)
  • ½ cup packed celery leaves

  • ½ cup packed parsley leaves

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely grated

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 2 T lemon juice

  • Salt & pepper

  • ½ cup The Good Oil Rapeseed oil

Method (Soup)
  • You can either finely chop the onion, garlic, celery and garlic or grate everything with a food processor.
  • In a large saucepan over a low heat start by sweating off the chopped onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and bacon with the rapeseed oil. Take your time, you want the vegetables nice and soft.
  • When the vegetables are soft, add remaining ingredients, increase the heat and bring to the boil. Simmer on a medium heat for about 40 minutes. Sometimes it is nice to remove 1 – 2 cups of the soup and puree until smooth. then add back to the soup for a nice texture.
  • Fry off the extra bacon in a fry pan with a little oil until crispy. Remove from the heat and drain the bacon on paper towels. Serve the soup hot with a garnish of crispy bacon and the Celery Leaf and Lemon Pistou, for a fresh and a garlicy pop.
Method (Celery Leaf and Lemon Pistou)
  • Finely chop the celery leaves with the parsley and garlic. Add remaining ingredients and season to taste. Alternatively, you can also add all the ingredients except the oil to a small blender and blend until smooth, then slowly pour in the oil with the motor running. It will be a nice bright green sauce.

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